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Rick Passek was hired by Laser Design Inc. to serve as sales manager for the company’s headquarters in Minnesota. He will build and manage Laser Design’s equipment sales, primarily in the United States. Passek has more than 25 years of experience with leading CAD/CAM companies, such as CAMAX Systems, Zycad and the Structural Dynamics Research Foundation (SDRC).

David Freiburger, former editor of Hot Rod magazine, will be featured in various “Car of the Week” editorial columns for, an online TV network geared toward performance vehicle enthusiasts. “The site currently features five shows,” says Freiburger: ‘Wide Open,’ which is all about our gearhead adventures; ‘Suck Squeeze Bang Blow,’ features nothing but engine tech; ‘Speedwrench,’ a grassroots how-to and parts-testing show; ‘Burnout Mondays,’ a weekly online video burnout competition; and  ‘Junk Box,’ a collection of quick bloopers, fun stuff and tech tips.” Freiburger also says that the site will add daily news, new products columns and other user-oriented features in the near future.

Flitz International promoted Tim Meints to sales manager for the industrial, janitorial, fire and heavy-duty truck markets. Meints, who has served in a retail marketing position for the company for the past eight years, will train and work with more than 400 Flitz sales reps nationwide.

Tim Meints

Precision Fleet Brake hired Suzanne MacGillivray as operations manager to handle the day-to-day company operations, including shipping/receiving, inventory, finance and office management. MacGillivray has experience as a business owner, handled operations and investor relations for start-ups, and has been responsible for full-charge bookkeeping for a wide range of business models.

J.F. Launier’s 1955 Chrysler phantom station wagon “Revolution” was crowned the Goodguys West Coast Custom of the Year at the 26th All American Get-Together in Pleasanton, California. The Goodguys West Coast Custom of the Year award is open to custom cars 1936 through 1964 vintage and is awarded at the Goodguys All American Get-Together each spring in Pleasanton. The award is designed to honor an exceptional custom car of all styles and genres (from traditional to modern). For the big win, Launier took home the winner’s check of $1,000, received a hand cast pewter award, will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Goodguys Gazette and will make an appearance at the season-ending 11th Southwest Nationals, November 14–16 in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, click here.

J.F. Launier's 1955 Chrysler station wagon, "Revolution."

Yokohama Tire Corp. hired Thomas Masuguchi as corporate controller. Masuguchi recently worked at a financial institution serving in various capacities, including managing director of financial reporting.

Deuce America Corp., a subsidiary of Streamline Inc., has acquired all of the assets of Rod Bods Inc. Rod Bods President Jim McCain and his wife, Jan, will assist in the transition and manufacturing of the bodies until a transfer is made to new facilities in Denver, Colorado.